Department of Theatre and Dance

Professor Norman A. Bert, Chairperson.

Professor Willis-Aarnio; Associate Professors Christoffel, Marks, and Moore; Assistant Professors Markle, St. Germain, and Wilcox.

This department supervises the following degree programs: THEATRE ARTS, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts and DANCE, Bachelor of Arts. The area also participates in the Doctor of Philosophy degree in FINE ARTS with an option in Theatre Arts.

The department sponsors a major season of plays in the University Theatre, a season of student-directed plays in the Laboratory Theatre, a Summer Repertory program, and various workshops. In addition, it sponsors chapters of Alpha Psi Omega (national theatre honorary), Chi Tau Epsilon (national dance honorary), and the United States Institute of Theatre Technology. It is an institutional member of the Texas Educational Theatre Association, the Texas Nonprofit Theatre Association, the Southwest Theater Association, the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, and the American College Dance Festival Association.

Students seeking the B.A. degree with a major in Theatre Arts must complete the following requirements in addition to those required by the University and the College of Arts and Sciences: THA 1101, 1102, 1103, 1301, 2101, 2302, 2303, 3101, 3102, 3103, 3303, 3304, 3305, 3308, 3309, 4302, and additional electives to total 36 to 42 hours. All courses in the student's major must be completed with a minimum grade of C. A minimum of 2 hours in dance and/or fencing is also required. For a minor in theatre arts the following courses are required: THA 1101, 1103, 2101, 2302, 3303, 3304, 3305, 4302, for a total of 18 hours.

Students seeking the B. A. degree with a major in Dance are required to complete 45 hours of study following either Plan I (ballet) or Plan II (modern dance). No minor is required. Plan I allows the student to take up to 7 of the 45 hours from support areas, while Plan II permits up to 3 of the 45 hours. Both plans provide the student a choice in the senior year of studying either ballet (6 hours) or modern dance (4 hours).

The core includes DAN 1102 (1-2 semesters, Plan I only), 1103 (1-2 semesters), 1107 (1-2 semesters), 1204 (3-8 semesters), 1304 (5-8 semesters), 2102 (1-2 semesters, Plan II only), 3104 (1-2 semesters), 3201 (1-2 semesters, Plan II only), 4102 (1-2 semesters, Plan I only), 4104, and 4207. The support areas include DAN 3207, 3209, 3313, 4200, 4201, FIN 2320, ESS 3301, MUTH 1301, THA 2101, 2301, 3302, 3303, 3304, 3305, 3306, 3307, MUHL 2308, 2309, 3304, 3308, MUAP 1113, 1114, 1123, 1124, ART 1310, 1311, 1370, 3376.

Minor in Dance: Students seeking a minor in dance will complete the following courses: DAN 1107, 1204 (2 semesters), 1304 (2 semesters), 2102, 3104 (2 semesters), 4201, and 4207.

Students seeking the B.F.A. degree may select from specializations in acting and directing or in design. The following requirements must be completed. The minimum number of hours required for majors in Theatre Arts is a total of 139-143, at least 40 of which must be at the junior and senior levels.

Residency requirements of transfer students are as follows: B.A. Theatre majors9 hours; minors3 hours; B.F.A. Theatre30 hours; B.A. Dance majors27 hours.

General Education Requirements.

Students seeking the B.F.A. degree must satisfy the General Education Requirements of the University and the College of Arts and Sciences requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts.

Core Requirements

THA 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 2101, 2302, 2303, 3104, 3105, 3303, 3304, 3305, 3308, 3309, 4302, 4303.

Acting and Directing Specialization Courses

THA 1301, 2302 (repeated), 2335, 3105 (three times), 3302 (twice), 3306, 3307, 4301 (twice). In addition, students must complete 20 hours from the following: THA 2305, 2306, DAN 1102, 1103, 1107, 1204, 1304, 2100, 2102, 3104, 3201, 3313, 4102, 4207, MUAP (voice) 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002, 3001, 3002.

Design and Technology Specialization Courses

THA 2306, 3306, 3307, 4108 (twice), 4301 (twice), 4309, 4310 and 4311; ART 1320, 1324, 1325, 1331, and 2322. Also 9 hours must be selected from THA 3100, 3101, 3102, 3103, 4309, and 4310, ART 1310, 1311, and 2322.**

*Must total 36 hours in combination.

**Students with an emphasis in scenery or costume design must take 6 of the additional 9 hours in their area of specialization.

Teacher Education. Students desiring secondary certification in theatre arts must complete the following: THA 1301, 2302, 2303, 3303, 3304, 3305, 3308, 3309, 4302, and one 3 hour elective. Students desiring secondary certification in dance must complete the following courses: Dan 1102 or 2102, 1103, 1204, 1304, 2100, 3104, 3207, 3209, 3313, 4200, 4201, 4207, and MUTH 1301.

Courses in Dance. (DAN)

1102. Pantomime (1:0:2). An introduction and guide to the specialized exercises and essential physical elements to the art of pantomime. May be repeated once for credit. [DANC 1115]

1103. Jazz (1:0:3). A study of jazz techniques. May be repeated once for credit. [DANC 1147]

1107. Musical Stage Dance (1:0:3). An introduction to musical stage forms including hybrid forms of dance specifically for the Broadway, television, or musical stage. May be repeated once for credit.

1204. Modern Dance (2:0:41/2). A study of modern dance techniques. May be repeated for credit. [DANC 1245]

1304. Ballet (3:0:71/2). The academic study of ballet from its beginning to the most sophisticated forms. May be repeated for credit. [DANC 1341]

2100. Dance Activities in Theatre (1:0:2). Skills and knowledge in ballet, modern and jazz dance activities. May be repeated for credit. [DANC 1131]

2102. Improvisation (1:0:2). Experiences in improvisation to develop spontaneity and heighten sensitive awareness so that movement response can become instantaneous. May be repeated once for credit.

3104. Dance Production Activities (1). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Participation in a dance production, either as a lighting designer, performer, choreographer, or crew head. May be repeated once for credit. [DANC 1112]

3201. Modern Dance Repertoire (2:0:4). Prerequisite: DAN 1204 and consent of instructor. Exposure to various modern dance choreography.

3207. Dance for Children (2:1:2). Creative movement, singing and rhythmic games, ballet, modern, and jazz dance for children.

3209. Pedagogy (2:1:2). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Basic principles and guidelines for the teaching of ballet and modern dance.

3313. History of the Dance (3:3:0). History and philosophy of dance and the relationships of dance to allied arts.

4102. Partnering (1:0:2). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. An introduction to supported adagiothe assimilation of the easiest methods of partner relationship on the stage. May be repeated once for credit.

4104. Senior Concert (1). Prerequisite: DAN 4207. Senior presentation of an original dance composition, including selection of music, costume, and lighting designs.

4200. Ethnic Dance (2:1:2). Prerequisite: DAN 1304. A study of Spanish and character dance.

4201. Special Topics in Dance (2:2:0). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Introduction to special topics in dance for in-depth study.

4207. Choreography (2:1:2). Prerequisite: DAN 1204, 1304. The study of the craft of composing ballet and modern dances.

Courses in Theatre Arts. (THA)

1101. Theatre Activities: Scenery and Properties (1). Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in scenery and properties. [DRAM 1120]

1102. Theatre Activities: Lighting and Sound (1). Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in lighting and sound. [DRAM 1121]

1103. Theatre Activities: Costume and Makeup (1). Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in costume and makeup. [DRAM 2120]

1104. Theatre Activities: House Management (1). Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in the area of house management.

1301. Voice for the Actor (3:2:3). An introductory course in voice improvement emphasizing practical training for actors and announcers. [DRAM 2337, SPCH 1342]

2101. Stage Makeup (1:0:3). [DRAM 1141]

2301. Introduction to Acting (3:2:3). Acting techniques in communication processes. May be applied toward the fine arts requirement for the B.A. degree.

2302. Principles of Acting (3:2:3). Study and application of the theories and techniques of the art of acting. May be repeated for credit. [DRAM 1351]

2303. Introduction to Theatre (3:3:0). A study of the modern theatre art form, its backgrounds and values. Attendance at representative plays is required. Applies toward fine arts requirement for B.A. degree. [DRAM 1310, HUMA 1315]

2304. Introduction to Cinema (3:3:1). A study of the cinematic art form. Three-hour lecture and viewing session plus one hour discussion each week. Applies toward fine arts requirement for the B.A. degree.

2305. Fundamentals of Oral Interpretation (3:3:0). Major emphasis is placed on the appreciation of good literature and its effective oral interpretation from the printed page. May be applied toward humanities requirement for B.A. degree. [SPCH 2341]

2306. Stage Management (3:3:0). Prerequisite: THA 2303. An in-depth study of the functions and responsibilities of the stage manager in the performing arts.

2310. Avant-Garde Theatre (3:3:0). An examination of the works of European and American twentieth-century artists who have challenged the boundaries of what is generally considered theatre.

2335. Script Analysis (3:3:0). An introduction to dramatic structure and methods of script analysis as a preparation for writing, directing, designing, performing, and criticizing plays.

3100. Advanced Theatre Activities: Stage Management (1). Prerequisite: THA 2306. Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in stage management in University Theatre productions.

3101. Advanced Theatre Activities: Scenery and Properties (1). Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in scenery and properties with emphasis on leadership experiences.

3102. Advanced Theatre Activities: Lighting and Sound (1). Prerequisite: THA 3304. Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in lighting and sound with emphasis on leadership experiences.

3103. Advanced Theatre Activities: Costume and Makeup (1). Prerequisite: THA 3305. Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in costume and makeup with emphasis on leadership experiences.

3104. Advanced Theatre Activities: House Management (1). Opportunity to participate extensively in theatre activities in house management with emphasis on leadership experiences.

3105. Rehearsal and Performance (1). Credit for acting in University Theatre and Laboratory Theatre productions. May be repeated for credit.

3106. Auditioning (1:0:2). Prerequisite: THA 1301 and 2302. A practicum for developing audition techniques and examining guidelines for audition procedures, with emphasis on resume organization and audition material selection and performance.

3302. Advanced Acting (3:2:3). Prerequisite: THA 1301, 2302. Continuation of the study and application of the theories and techniques of the art of acting, with emphasis on characterization, analysis of roles, and techniques and types of performance. May be repeated for credit.

3303. Principles of Theatrical Scenery (3:2:3). Prerequisite: THA 2303 or equivalent. The study of technical problems of play production. Design, construction, and painting of scenery and properties and special effects. [DRAM 1330]

3304. Principles of Theatrical Lighting (3:2:3). Prerequisite: THA 2303 or equivalent. Study of the theory and practice of theatrical stage lighting. Elementary electricity, lighting control and instruments, lighting design.

3305. Principles of Theatrical Costuming (3:2:3). Prerequisite: THA 2303 or equivalent. Study and application of the theories and techniques of theatrical costuming. Survey of historical dress. Design for the stage. Construction of theatrical clothing.

3306, 3307. Practicum in Repertory Theatre I, II (3:0:9 each). Prerequisite: THA 1301, 2302, 2303, or equivalent. Practical work in the organization, mounting, and presentation of plays in a repertory situation. May be repeated for credit.

3308. History of Theatre I (3:3:0). A comprehensive review of world theatre from its beginning to the seventeenth century. May be applied toward fulfillment of fine arts requirement for the B.A. degree. [DRAM 2361]

3309. History of Theatre II (3:3:0). A comprehensive overview of world theatre from the seventeenth century to the present day. May be applied toward fulfillment of fine arts requirement for the B.A. degree. [DRAM 2362]

3310. Introduction to Performance Studies (3:3:0). An introduction to the discipline of performance studies that draws on American, European, Asian, and African performance-related material.

4108. Scene Painting (1:0:4). Prerequisite: THA 2302, 3303, and 3304. Study of the art and craft of scene painting styles and techniques. Repeatable for credit.

4301. Senior Projects in Theatre Arts (3). Prerequisite: Senior standing and 9 hours in theatre arts. Individual study, under guidance of a member of the faculty, of a specific problem of student's choice. Students required, in advance of registration, to consult with the instructor and secure the Director of Theatre's approval of the specific project to be pursued. May be repeated once for credit.

4302. Stage Directing Methods (3:2:3). Prerequisite: Junior standing, THA 2302, 2303, 3303, 3304, and 3305. Study and practice of fundamental principles and techniques of directing. Student direction of representative plays.

4303. Theory and Practice of Playwriting (3:3:0). Study of the techniques of dramaturgy. Practical work in the writing of drama. May be repeated for credit.

4309. Principles of Scene Design (3:0:6). Prerequisite: THA 2303, 3303, and 3304. Study of theory and practice of theatrical scene design. May be repeated for credit.

4310. Costume Design (3:2:3). Prerequisite: 2303 and 3304. Theory and practice of costume design for theatrical production.

4311. Theory and Practice of Lighting Design (3:2:3). Prerequisite: THA 2303, 3303, and 3304. Study of the theory, process, and practice in lighting design for theatre, opera, and dance.


Return to Home Page

Page Maintained by: Cheryl Hedlund

Page Administrator: Gale Richardson

LAST UPDATE: 5-1-97